As a successful author Vonnegut sometimes pushed whimsy into self- indulgence, fueled by a cult following in the the youth movement of the United States, which, lacking other role models or serious tasks, anointed him a genius. Yet in “Slaughter House Five”, this confidence and littery flexibility gave Vonnegut what he needed to reveal a major allied atrocity to a generation that was sick of hearing stories about the war. This book seeded the belief system of a generation that would eventually react against similar atrocities inflicted on the Vietnamese.

Listening to Rap for the First Time, With a Book Critic

thusspakeblake:

a book critic reviews an anthology rap lyrics, then hears the songs for the first time.  it’s pretty cool.  if you like that kinda stuff…

“I think it’s impossible to replicate, in print, that sense of play with how words sound, the way syllables relate.”

Listening to Rap for the First Time, With a Book Critic

Wi-Fi is killing trees, study finds | Crave – CNET

Enjoying reading the latest technology news and reviews here on Crave? Hope you’re pleased with yourself, because you may be killing a tree. Researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands have discovered the sad news that Wi-Fi makes trees sick. The tree-loving folks of Dutch city Alphen aan den Rijn commissioned the study, whose results have not yet been published, after finding abnormalities on trees that couldn’t be explained by known viral or bacterial infections. Over the last five years, the study found that all deciduous trees in the Western world are affected by radiation from mobile-phone networks and wireless LANs.

Wi-Fi is killing trees, study finds | Crave – CNET

Laughter is a similar kind of release, say Marijuán and Navarro. The intellectual momentum that builds up during conversation needs to be relieved, either through verbalisation or some other mechanism. Marijuán and Navarro’s suggestion is that this other mechanism is the channelling of excess cortical excitations to parts of the brain responsible for vocalisation. But without anything specific to say, the result is the kind of panting and cackling that we call laughter. That’s why it is built in. This social significance of this behaviour is the thing that has evolved, not the activity itself.